Photo: NABU / CEWE / Klaus Lowitz
Photo: NABU / CEWE / Klaus Lowitz
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Photo: metamorworks/
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Photo: Olha Rohulya/

Living and breathing nature conservation in Germany and worldwide

Founded in 1899, NABU (The Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union) is Germany’s oldest and largest environmental association. With more than 900,000 members and 70,000 active volunteers, NABU works tirelessly to protect species, habitats and climate, at home and worldwide. Our projects around the globe empower strong local partners to take action for nature conservation and against the climate and biodiversity crises.

Explore our international projects

Hutan Harapan

Hutan Harapan is a tropical lowland forest in Sumatra, Indonesia. It is one of the last refuges for endangered species and provides countless ecosystem services. Together with local communities and indigenous groups, NABU protects and restores the forest and researches its biodiversity.


Five countries in Europe:
LIFE Multi Peat

What Europe needs? Wet peatlands! NABU coordinates the international project LIFE Multi Peat that aims to rewet and manage degraded peatlands covering an area of 689 hectare. The project is being implemented in Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany.


Green Change

The project Green Change strengthens the resilience of people and nature in the face of the growing climate crisis. Our work in the Yayu Biosphere Reserve supports sustainable land use, the cultivation of old varieties and the empowerment of women and youth through generated income.


Central Asia:
Protecting snow leopards

Snow leopards are among the most endangered big cats on earth. Only 4,000 to 6,400 animals now live in the wild. NABU has been committed to the survival of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan since 1999 and is now working all across Central Asia to protect snow leopards and their


Mangrove conservation

Mangroves and their ecosystem services are indispensable for Indonesia's coastal communities. However, the country experiences alarming rates of mangrove loss. In Sulawesi, NABU and its BirdLife partner support mangrove conservation and identifies areas suitable for restoration.


Creative Mountains

The mountains of Armenia belong to the Caucasus biodiversity hotspot and are unique in both natural and cultural heritage. With the project "Creative Mountains", NABU and its partners seek to promote conservation and sustainable development in local communities.


Six African countries:

NABU and six African NGOs have set up a regional cluster network for enhancing organisational development of green NGOs in Africa. The project supports local farmers in adapting agricultural systems to climate change and facilitates peer-to-peer learning exchanges as well as civil society cooperation.


Finland, Latvia, Germany:
LIFE Peat Carbon

Through peatland restoration, the project aims to reduce CO₂ emissions in project sites by the equivalent of 37.117 tons of CO₂ per year in Latvia and 3.500 tons of CO₂ equivalent per year in Finland. NABU is supporting the project with its expertise in peatland restoration and communications.


Kyrgyzstan: Reintroduction of the goitered gazelle

The goitered gazelle inhabits Asian steppes and semi-deserts from the Arabian Peninsula to northern China. The little gazelle was once at home in Kyrgyzstan too, but has become locally extinct. Now it is the time to change that: NABU is supporting this project to reintroduce this species.


Clean Future

How can we incorporate environmental protection in our lives? The project Clean Future in Armenia pursues this question and answers it with collaborative action. To mobilise Armenian civil society intergenerationally for the reduction of pollution – this is the goal of the project. For a cleaner and healthier future!


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A Highlander in Ethiopia

Dragonflies are charismatic insects: Their traits include spectacular aerial maneuvers, jewel-toned bodies and an important role in the ecosystem. More than 6,400 dragonfly species worldwide are known to science. One of them is the “Ethiopian Highlander”.

Sustainable agriculture in Armenia

NABU supports Armenian farmers in converting their agricultural operations to organic methods, as well as in the certification and marketing of their products. This initiative opens up new models for sustaining the livelihoods of the local population.


Fragmentation and degradation are threatening Ethiopia's diverse forest landscapes and thus the country's biodiversity and food security. A new project implements action plans to protect and restore the precious forests.

New era for Central Asian bird conservation

With more than 600 migratory bird species and 30 countries, the Central Asian Flyway is one of the most important in the world. NABU and BirdLife International successfully campaigned at the conference for an international protection program for this flyway.

Coexistence for human and snow leopard

In Nepal's Nar Phu Valley, conflicts often arise between snow leopards and people. While livestock owners fear for their livelihoods, snow leopards suffer under revenge killings. A project searches for ways to foster a peaceful coexistence between the species.

Forests under water

Like many-fingered hands, their roots reach underwater, finding a hold in muddy soils. But what happens when there’s nothing to hold onto? Mangrove forests are under massive pressure worldwide. Conservationist Patma Santi tells us how to save them.

Saiga bounds back from near extinction

Good news for Central Asia's saiga antelopes! After many years of conservation work by NABU and others on behalf of the species, populations have recovered dramatically. These unique animals are no longer on the brink of extinction. A resounding success story!

Peatlands into Nature Restoration Law!

Together with a broad international alliance, NABU demands the uptake of ambitious goals for the restoration and protection of peatlands into the EU Nature Restoration Law. This pertains especially to Article 9 on agro-ecosystems. We say: Into the law with it!

Hutan Harpan - Discover the forest of hope

International Strategy 2030

ʻWe are what we do – also internationallyʼ: Our International Strategy 2030 sets the course for our nature conservation projects and programmes worldwide. It offers guidance for NABU staff, volunteers and partners, who are constantly searching for effective answers to the most urgent questions of our time. We will tackle the challenges we face and take action against the climate and biodiversity crisis.

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